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What makes the perfect travel shoes? It’s hard to make a blanket statement for everyone’s travel style and trip itinerary, and there will always be times you have to sacrifice comfort for style or vice versa. However, when it comes to travel, some shoes are superior and some shoes are better left behind.

I’ve made plenty of mistakes in the past where I took the wrong pair on a trip and ended up suffering with blisters, while there were other times I tried to pack too minimally and didn’t have the shoes for the right occasion. Luckily after 6 years of full time travel, we lived and learned, and today we’re sharing our top tips and which shoes have been our favorite to date. We’ll update this post as we continue to search for the perfect and best travel shoes.

This post contains affiliate links, where we receive a small commission on sales of the products that are linked at no additional cost to you. All opinions are always our own. Read our full disclosure for more info. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Local Adventurer possible.

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2018

11 Best Travel Shoes for Comfort, Style, and All-Seasons
What Shoes to Pack and When

If there’s one thing I learned about minimalism after Project 333, is not to skimp on the shoes. We know it’s not always possible, but when we can, we plan destinations with similar weather or activities.

  • Flip Flops – Never forget the flip flops. Every time I thought I could do without them, I’ve regretted it. And why? They’re so thin and packable. I don’t recommend them being the sole shoe (pun intended), but they always come in handy. They’re not only great for beach destinations, but for showers, dirty floors, or for something that’s easy to get in and out of them for a quick trip to the vending machine.
  • Sneakers – If you’re going to walk more than 10k steps a day, these are a must if you care about your feet. Examples – if you’re going to Europe or NYC.
  • Comfortable Casual Flats – If I’m traveling somewhere where we’ll mostly be driving from place to place.
  • Dressy Boots – I’ll replace my comfortable casual flats for cute boots usually for fall and winter destinations.
  • Ballet Flats – For any formal events like weddings or nice dinners with a dress code.
  • Hiking Boots – We usually only pack our hiking boots when we know we’ll be doing a strenuous hike. For the most part, we can get away with hiking in sneakers as long as it’s not over 5 miles or rough terrain.
Features to Look For

There are a few qualities and features we always look for in the shoes.

  1. Comfort and Support – Gone are the days where I sacrifice comfort for style (How did I live in stiletto heels back in college?) Living in NYC has taught us that it’s okay to complete your dressed up outfit with sneakers. It may look strange to you at first, but it’s the classic NYC look (the cute heels go in your bag). If you’re driving everywhere, wear whatever you want, but if you’re traveling, the chances are you’re going to be exploring on foot.
  2. Stylish – Because we do judge a book by its cover, and that’s okay too when it comes to shoes. Just because we want comfort and support also doesn’t mean we will settle for ugly shoes. If you need a heel, try chunky heels, since it has better support and gives you more area to distribute your weight.
  3. Lightweight shoes are also a huge perk. Whether they are on my feet or in my suitcase, heavy shoes just start to become a burden.
  4. Versatility – If I have to limit myself to a few pairs of shoes per trip, they need to cover a range of activities. That means I need something rugged enough to handle the outdoors but also stylish enough for going out in the city. You can’t always have both, but every so often you find a lucky pair.
  5. Performance – Lastly, I like finding shoes that have some sort of performance feature. That could mean breathability, which helps with comfort, or waterproof since you never know if you’ll be caught up in a rainstorm.
Best Travel Boots

Superfeet is best known for their insoles, but when they announced their very own shoe line in 2017, we got to try out several pairs. These shoes are built from the inside out, so you never have to worry about functionality and comfort. They sponsored us last year, but this one is #notsponsored.

The Superfeet Ash Ankle Boot is my overall go-to travel shoe for fall, winter, and spring. I love them so much I have two pairs – the Chipmunk / Tan and Dove / Light Grey. They are stylish, lightweight, comfortable, waterproof, and versatile. It’s almost too good to be true. I’ve worn them dressed down with jeans and with dresses. I have also taken them on impromptu hikes and was surprised to find that the outsole has quite a grip. Jacob liked the Superfeet Stuart in both red and old blue color. It wasn’t waterproof, but one of the most lightweight shoes we’ve found for him. You can see our full reviews here and here.

Note: Unfortunately, they stopped making our sizes (we have small feet) so now I have to use these shoe fillers to help with sizing. I always have issues with sizing.

See more reviews on Amazon and Zappos

I never thought I would own a pair of UGGS, but I also didn’t realize how wide a selection of shoes they have. With winter around the corner, I decided to get a pair in hopes to keep my feet warm. These wedge boots are lined with soft wool so they are extra comfy. I only have a few boots with a heel, and since this one’s a wedge it helps with comfort. I’ll let you know how they fare in NYC winter. Jacob picked up a pair of the Hannen Boot, which are really heavy duty but lightweight. 

Note: The Indra Boot fit slightly narrow but I used these to stretch them out.

See more reviews on Amazon & Zappos

Earth shoes was founded by a Danish yoga instructor and aims to create comfortable and fashionable shoes for women. What’s great is they plant 50,000 trees every year to help the planet too.

First Impressions of the Sparta Booties are surprisingly comfortable for having a heel. Chunky heels are the way to go! Woot woot! They have memory foam that cushions your feet from heel to toe. I’ve worn them for a half day walking all over NYC with no issues, but will let you know how they fare on a trip where I’m out sunrise to sunset. I was worried that I would have trouble styling this statement shoe, but turns out they go with a lot of outfits.

Note: They fit narrow for my wide feet, but nothing these boot stretchers couldn’t fix.  I read reviews that they tend to run narrow in general.

See more reviews on Amazon & Zappos

4. Danner Mountain 600 Boots

We discovered Danner Boots while we were living in Portland, and we’re so glad we did. These are by far our favorite boots for hiking but we can also wear them in the city. Anytime we plan on doing any hiking on a trip or if we expect heavy rain, these boots come with us. They have also been perfect for NYC, especially during the winter when there is slush and puddles hiding around each corner.

Our go to Danners are the Mountain 600s. We took them on our multi-day hike in Patagonia and Kyrgyzstan, and they work for the city because they don’t look like typical hiking boots. One person even scoffed at Jacob on an icy winter hike thinking he was just wearing regular sneakers. 

I also have the Danner Mountain Light Cascade that is a bit more stylish.

More: Torres del Paine Packing List

See more reviews on REI & Zappos

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I walked through a tunnel of light admiring the short history of the division. The floor was lined with colorful flowers starkly out of place, but somehow harmoniously mixed technology and tradition. Our guide reached the two glass doors and swiped her badge. I heard an audible ‘click’ as the door released and then stepped into the future.

A big thank you to Uber for sponsoring this post. All opinions are always our own. This post may contain affiliate links, where we receive a small commission on sales of the products that are linked at no additional cost to you. Read our full disclosure for more info. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Local Adventurer possible.

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Asians in the Workplace: Is there a Bamboo Ceiling?
Uber Pittsburgh Offices

When Uber reached out to us about visiting their offices in Pittsburgh to talk about Asian Heritage, we were excited to get a glimpse behind the curtain of a service we are all too familiar with. What I didn’t realize is that we would be headed to their ATG (Advanced Technologies Group) Offices. I always forget that they have an entire division working on bringing a safe, and reliable self-driving transportation to everyone, everywhere. Needless to say, I was excited to nerd out over self-driving cars and discuss Asian issues in the workforce.

We started our visit with a tour of the beautiful offices with the highlight being able to get glimpse of a self-driving car. Ever since I was a kid, it was always a thing of science fiction so to see it come to life was amazing. As we talked and got to know different team members, my mind was twisted in knots trying to grasp all that goes into building these spectacular machines. I could also see and hear how passionate they all were. They were all there because they believed in self-driving cars and just wanted to get us closer to the future.

Diwali Festivities

After touring the offices, we joined in their Diwali festivities. I honestly didn’t know much about the holiday, so it was a fun learning experience. It’s a big Hindu holiday and was celebrated by people of all faiths at the Uber office. From what we heard, it’s like a mashup of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the 4th of July.

We scarfed down delicious samosas, bounced to the rhythm of the flash mob, and created our own lanterns. The event was run by the Asian Heritage Employee Resource Group (ERG), which exists to celebrate and promote Asian ideas and culture throughout Uber. How cool is that?

Employee resource groups are platforms for employees to share their cultures and beliefs, engage their communities, develop professionally, and connect socially. The company has multiple ERGs, some being UberHue, UberPride, Los Ubers, and even UberParents. Those are just a few. With such a diverse office, it was great to see people sharing their own heritage with other employees.

I overheard people talking about this being their first time trying samosas, and others asking questions about Diwali. It was well worth all the extra effort that everyone on the ERG team put in. One of the coolest things to see was the friendships that developed during the festivities. Employees that would have otherwise never met because they work in completely different divisions came together through these events.

Challenges of Being Asian in the Workplace - The Bamboo Ceiling

Even though I’ve been self-employed for the past 8 years, I still tell Esther how much I miss corporate life. The main thing I miss is the camaraderie amongst co-workers, so getting a glimpse of this made me nostalgic.

As much as I miss having co-workers, I do remember the struggle of being Asian in the workplace with no one to talk and share with. This included the feeling of bringing in “weird” and “smelly” lunches to figuring out how to manage a team of people when I look twelve. After work, we headed to dinner with a few members of the Asian Heritage ERG to talk even more. Besides hearing about all the exciting plans they have for 2019, we also talked about what it’s like being Asian in the workplace.

One of the most significant questions that came up was ‘Does a Bamboo Ceiling exist?’ If you haven’t heard of the bamboo ceiling before, it is like the “glass ceiling”, but specific to Asians. Basically, it describes barriers that Asians have in the workplace. During our dinner conversation, we talked about how Asians are often underrepresented in leadership roles in a company, the struggles of Asians who came to the states on a student visa, and how family expectations play a role in the professions we choose. Ultimately, it’s a combination of culture, personalities, and opportunity that create this bamboo ceiling, but what’s most amazing about this is that there is now a dialogue happening. So regardless of whether it’s the chicken or the egg, there is now a platform that can influence change.

Seeing what this Asian Heritage ERG was doing made me wish it had existed in my old workplace. I’m excited to see where the Asian Heritage ERG will go in the coming years and hopefully we’ll get a chance to visit again!

I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences from your workplace. What is it like where you work? Do you feel like they embrace diversity and if so, what do they do to lift up the differences?

Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in NYC.

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Welcome to our blog income reports where we share ways we’ve been making money through the blog, the challenges and lessons we learned each month, and finally to celebrate successes however big or small. Though we have a few side hustles, we’re happy to say that the travel blog has become our main hustle.

Life Updates

Last month, we finally made it up to Acadia and did a New England fall foliage road trip. We managed to see the last of the leaves in Maine but unfortunately only saw dead trees in New Hampshire. Gotta love nature. Maybe next year we’ll do an entire East coast road trip chasing fall.

We also crossed off some bucket list items in NYC like rock climbing in Central Park, having afternoon tea at the Plaza, visiting Coney Island, and eating at Masa. Are any of these on your NYC bucket list?

Besides all the fun activities we’ve done, I haven’t been sleeping much and have been struggling with how I can be a better mental health advocate. A friend I knew from instagram passed away, and made me realize even more how depression is a silent killer. On the outside it might be glitter and rainbows, but you really don’t know how much someone is suffering on the inside and how far they are from the edge. I wish I could have been a better friend. I wish I made myself more available and wasn’t someone that’s always thought of as too busy globetrotting.

This post may contain affiliate links, where we receive a small commission on sales of the products that are linked at no additional cost to you. Read our full disclosure for more info. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Local Adventurer possible.

Originally Published: Nov 12, 2018

How We Made OVER $28K in OCTOBER - Travel Blog Income Report
Why We Share Our Income Reports

If you’re new here, you might be wondering why on earth we would share something so personal. We’ve been hesitant to share our income reports for the last 5 years, and we’re super nervous about this post, but since we’re all about trial and error, let’s see how it goes! We’re putting out these income reports for these following reasons.

To Show You How We Make Income Blogging

We always want to be 100% transparent about how we make money through this blog. The amazing thing about the blogging world is that every blogger we’ve talked to does things a bit differently. There are also countless ways to grow and improve your business. When we started, we made most of our money through affiliate sales. Since then, we’ve shifted heavily to sponsored content. A big part of this is because my background is in sales and it’s what I’m good at. You can learn more about my sale method below. As time goes on, this will continue to change, but we want to share how we focus on our strengths to effectively meet our goals.

To Show You the Potential of Blogging

Whether you have a blog or are starting a blog, we want to show you that you can make a career out of blogging.

Even if you don’t want to blog, there are a ton of ways to be financially and location independent and we hope to inspire others to go after it too. If you want to keep your day job, blogging can be a great way for you to make some extra side money.

Esther started the blog 6 years ago and I joined her full time 3 years ago. Even until last year, our parents were worried about us financially, wondering when we would stop “playing” and start taking our lives and work more seriously. Neither of us ended up being “good Asians” (namely a doctor, lawyer, or engineer). It’s an unconventional job and where most people don’t understand all the work that goes on behind the scenes.

More: The Ugly Truths of Being a Travel Blogger told by Top Travel Bloggers

We love that our jobs give us flexibility in what we do, but being your own boss isn’t all that it’s cut out to be either. You have to be disciplined and work hard at your business to grow it.

Note: There are a lot of great blogs and resources out there about blogging, but the tough part is that it’s not always replicable unless you also want to start blogging about blogging. We wanted to show you that it’s possible to start a blog on other topics and still make a living. Though we have an e-course in the works, we want to continue to show you that the bulk of our income still comes from our travel blog.

To Track How We're Doing

I’ve always loved sharing goals online and tracking them. Putting them out in the world (via the blog) has helped me so much with accountability. Since we’re constantly tweaking trying to improve the blog, looking at these numbers will help us learn whether we’ve been making the right changes. It’s amazing to see how the sources of income have changed over time and to see where we still have room for improvement.

Ultimately, our life goal is to make enough to live on half our income (right now we’re at 30%), where the rest will go back into the community or support organizations we love.

Breakdown of Income for August 2018

In October 2018 we earned a total of $28,729.32

Affiliate Income
Sponsorships
  • Sponsored Product Posts: $19.318.04 
    *our fave marketplace lately: IZEA
Display Ads
  • Adthrive: $7,471.03
Income Comparison to Other Months
  • Total in 2018 Year Income: $180,119.22
  • Last Month Income: $12,428.57
  • Difference: 231% increase from last month
Previous Income Reports

If you’re not getting the results you want, again, keep in mind that we’ve been blogging for 6 years now and the first month I tried monetizing my blog, I made less than $20. Give it more time and failing in the process is okay. I didn’t have the correct tools and a lot of it was trial and error. Consider it all an A/B test to figure out what will best work for you.

Expenses

TOTAL EXPENSES: $8,682.03
TOTAL NET PROFIT: $20,047.29

*Roughly 30% of your income will go to taxes at the end of the year. The number above shows the money set aside for taxes to offset how much we have to pay at the end. It makes it less painful at the end of the year.

August 2018 Blog Traffic Breakdown + Stats
  • Monthly Pageviews: 480,254
  • Daily Average: 15,492
  • Monthly Sessions: 364,630
  • Monthly Unique Visitors: 304,211
  • Social Media Followers: 294,956
  • Email Subscribers: 8,814
Blog News + September Goals
Blog Goals
  • ☐ NYC Content –  one more afternoon tea spots, fall foliage spots, one broadway show in NYC, two holiday spots.
  • ☐ Add RewardStyle Widgets to our Top 25 performing posts.
  • ☐ Start marketing the e-course
Life Goals
What's Working on the Blog

Between traveling and training the past few months, I’ve had trouble putting out new content. Luckily, we haven’t seen a decline in traffic which confirms that it’s more about marketing your content than content creation.

What Didn't Work + Lessons Learned

We added hotel affiliate links to 40 of our top posts, but so far none of them have converted. It has only been 3 weeks, so it’s too early to write this off completely, but we’ll be monitoring this to see if we need to make any changes.

With a lot of trial and error over the years, Jacob has figured out the most successful ways to work sponsors and win their favor. Many of them continue to work with us year after year.

With a business degree background, and 5 years of B2B at his corporate job before joining me at Local Adventurer, Jacob has had a lot of foresight in making our blog one of the top blogs in the US.

But numbers don’ t mean much if brands are not willing to work with you and pay you what you’re worth. There are plenty of huge influencers out there who don’t know how to monetize their brand and either work for free or work to travel. In order to have a home base in a city like New York, this year was a huge test on whether we could make enough to pay rent and support our small family including two cats (both who have been sick and very expensive for us ).

Last year our blog grossed over $180K and this year we’re happy to say we’re trending higher with individual brand deals making us $35k+.

Lately, Jacob has given many consultations and mentored others in growing their own businesses, and we have finally put together an e-course with everything he’s learned over the years.

One of our students who just started using the e-course has already booked $11k in sponsorships. If you’re interested to learn more, see the intro video here.

What have you been up to last month? Any fun plans next month? What are some of your goals next month?
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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in NYC.

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I honed in on the familiar smell, and like a bloodhound I weaved through the maze of stalls. Then it came into focus. A warm, cozy stall with a sign for Glühwein. I knew once I took a sip of the warm mulled wine, I’d be transported back to my time living in Germany.

This post may contain affiliate links, where we receive a small commission on sales of the products that are linked at no additional cost to you. Read our full disclosure for more info. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Local Adventurer possible.

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2018

Christmas Markets in NYC To Visit This Winter

Christmas is one of the most magical times to visit NYC. There are only a few things that can get me out of the apartment during the winter, and one of which are the Christmas Markets that pop up throughout the city. Despite the cold and the crowds, I love visiting them to get in the holiday spirit. There are four major holiday markets in the city, and many smaller ones that open for an even more limited time. Be sure to stop by one of these markets while they are around.

40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, map

Dates: October 28 to January 5, 2018
Hours: Daily: 11am-8pm; Nov 25-Jan 2 Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-8pm

This is one of the most centrally located holiday markets. There are over 100 stalls selling clothes, hats, mittens, jewelry, local foods, and more. While you’re there, you can also watch ice-skaters or get on the ice yourself.

Local Tip: The ice skating rink is free if you have your own skates.

More: How to Survive Winter in New York

89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, map

Dates: November 13 to December 24, 2018 (closed Thanksgiving Day)
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm, Closes at 6 pm on Dec 24

If you’re looking for a holiday market and want to avoid the cold, head to Grand Central. This indoor market has over 70 stalls selling art, clothes, bags, toys, and more. While you’re there, you can also stop by the food court and try some of the most popular food in the city.

Local Tip: Do yourself a favor and try the Coconut Creme at Doughnut Plant. It’s our favorite!

201 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003, map

Dates: November 15 to December 24, 2018 (closed Thanksgiving Day)
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-7pm, closes at 4pm Dec 24

This is our favorite market. It’s set up in a large semi-circle and there are over 100 vendors with gifts, jewelry, crafts, and sweet and savory treats.

Local Tip: This is the market where we found  our Glühwein last year.

Columbus Circle, 59th Street and Central Park West, map

Dates: November 28 to December 24, 2018
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-7pm, closes at 4pm on December 24

This market isn’t as large as others, with over 60 vendors, but it’s a great location if you plan on spending time in Central Park. Shop the goods, pick up a warm drink, then head over for some ice skating at Wollman Rink.

More: Best Things to do in Central Park

More Holiday Markets to Check Out

Astoria Market 

Dates: December 2, 9, and 16, 2018.
Hours: 12pm-6pm
Address: 2919 24th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102, map

If the holidays are more about food to you, then stop by the Astoria Market. You’ll still find some shopping opportunities, but you might get too distracted by all the delicious smelling goodies. 

Bust Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Holiday

Dates: December 8-9, 2018.
Hours: 11am-7pm
Address: 72 Noble St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, map

Stop by this two-day holiday event in Greenpoint to check out over 200 vendors specializing in handmade, vintage, and craft items. There are also plenty of sweet and savory options to keep your belly full. Dates: Sat & Sun, Dec 8 & 9, 2018 Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 11am-7pm

Crafts at St. John’s the Divine Cathedral

Dates: November 29 to December 2, 2018.
Hours: Nov 30 1pm-9pm, Dec 1 10am-8pm, Dec 2 10am-6pm
Address: 1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025, map

We missed this three-day arts and crafts fair last year and hope to stop by this year. It’s held inside one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country.

Flushing Town Hall Holiday Market

Dates: December 9, 2018.
Hours: 1pm-5pm
Address: 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354, map

Shop for arts and crafts from the people of queens. 

Luke’s Christmas Fair

Dates: December 1, 2018.
Hours: 10am-3pm
Address: 487 Hudson Street New York, NY 10014, map

Every year they run a fair to support the school’s scholarship fund. 

Renegade Craft Fair

Dates: December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 2018.
Hours: 11am-6pm
Address: 274 36th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232, map

This is the world’s largest exhibition of independent crafts. There are over 150 vendors and they visit different cities throughout the year. This holiday season, they will be in the city 3 weekends in a row.

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It’s that time of year again! We try to get a head start on our holiday shopping early so we don’t have to stress about it later on. I actually shop throughout the year and hold them for holidays and birthdays. When we shop for gifts, we tend to lean towards useful items that help fuel our adventures. If you have any outdoor lovers in your life, here’s the list for you. It includes a wide range of prices from stocking stuffers to gifts that will make them feel completely spoiled. We own and use most of these, but there are a couple still on our wish list. ;)

A big thank you to REI for sponsoring this post. All opinions are always our own. This post may contain affiliate links, where we receive a small commission on sales of the products that are linked at no additional cost to you. Read our full disclosure for more info. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Local Adventurer possible.

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25 GIFTS YOUR OUTDOOR ADVENTURERS WILL ACTUALLY LOVE { YOUR ESSENTIAL OUTDOOR GIFT GUIDE for 2018 }

$ < 25              $ 25+               $ 50+               $ 100+                $$ 200+

A good backpack can make your load feel lighter. We used our previous Osprey bags for over 8 years but finally decided to upgrade this year for our Winter Patagonia Trip. You should visit your nearest REI store and try them on with weight in them. I literally tried on every women’s and youth backpacks in the store.

Get yours here: HERS, HIS, + KIDS

Pro Tip: Since I’m only 5’0, the women’s bag is too big for me, so I got the kids bag which fits perfectly.

More: How to Hike Torres Del Paine W Trek

A good sleeping bag is a gift that keeps on giving. Since every ounce counts when you’re backpacking, we always look for ones that weigh as little as possible, packs down as small as possible, and still manages to keep you warm. It’s always a challenge to compromise between warmth and weight / size. We have the older versions of these and love them! They’ve kept us warm on all our camping and backpacking trips and are super lightweight.

Yes, it’s such a pricy cooler, but it’s the ultimate cooler. All our friends swear by it. It can be used outdoors and in the city to keep drinks and food cold longer. All other coolers can bow down.

If you’re looking for a truly unique gift, check out this hand-knit limited edition. It’s perfect for those moments in between adventures or when you’re away in a cabin in the woods. They only made 80 of these to celebrate their 80th anniversary so be sure to snag one before they’re gone.

This one is for your outdoor-loving friends who also love to go for the gram. It’s super popular on IG. The blanket can work as an extra layer on cold nights, but can also be a replacement for your sleeping bag on warmer nights.

These have been our go-to hiking shoes, and we’ve tried a lot of hiking shoes on. We love that they have a different style than typical hiking shoes so that they blend well into the city but still can take on a rugged trail.

Get yours here: HERS + HIS

I love the use of color in the jacket to give it more style, but it also functions well with a 650-fill-power Traceable Down to warm your core. It’s been perfect for fall weather and I’ve even worn it while rock climbing.

These are awesome when you’re carpooling, camping or hiking. It allows you to text and find GPS locations even when you don’t have service.

This is the perfect gift for someone who backpacks, loves coffee, or just looking for the easiest way to have meals on the trail. We’ve had a JetBoil for over 10 years and it’s still our go to.

Any serious outdoorsman or woman needs a great pair of trekking poles. We recently added these to our arsenal since they are easy to travel with great on the trail.

Give the gift of exploring our beautiful National Parks all year long! We always get a new pass every year, and it’s totally worth it if you visit even a few throughout the year.

This is one item we haven’t added to our arsenal that we totally need. We’ve been in multiple scenarios that we’ve needed one and fortunately have been with people who are prepared.

If you need something for a cool fall day, then check out this shirt jacket. It functions as a warm shirt or a light jacket, perfect for easy hikes and brisk nights. They have a men’s and women’s version.

Hammocks are awesome for the outdoors! They’re great for photos too.

These super light camping chairs are always in our trunk when we’re on the road. We use them camping and pull them out when we’re hanging out with friends. When not in use, they pack up really small.

Most people who spend time outside will have a water bladder, but they get old and need to be replaced. We love this one because it’s easy to fill and clean with the huge opening.

This is one of the comfiest henley’s I’ve ever had. I wear at home to stay warm and cozy, and it’s perfect for layering as well. Also, check out the Wallace Lake Mock-Neck Sweater as another option.

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Welcome to our blog income reports where we share ways we’ve been making money through the blog, the challenges and lessons we learned each month, and finally to celebrate successes however big or small. Though we have a few side hustles, we’re happy to say that the travel blog has become our main hustle.

Life Updates

Last month, we ate way too many desserts (post is on the way), took a trip Upstate with Escape Campervans, and flew some friends in town, which forced us to take time off. It temporarily freed us from our habitual twitch to check emails, pinterest, or instagram engagement. Instead, the weekend was filled with quality time with good friends and lots of laughter (we also happened to go to a few comedy clubs). I haven’t laughed so hard in a while, and I thought to myself, “this is the life!”

How effed up is that?

This has made me think long and hard about work-life balance, which I still believe is a myth. Why have I let work take over my life? Why have I found so much value and comfort in filling my time with work? Obviously, I need to stop blaming NYC’s work culture, and I need to take responsibility.

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Originally Published: Oct 26, 2018

How We Made OVER $12K in September 2018 - Travel Blogger Income Report
Why We Share Our Income Reports

If you’re new here, you might be wondering why on earth we would share something so personal. We’ve been hesitant to share our income reports for the last 5 years, and we’re super nervous about this post, but since we’re all about trial and error, let’s see how it goes! We’re putting out these income reports for these following reasons.

To Show You How We Make Income Blogging

We always want to be 100% transparent about how we make money through this blog. The amazing thing about the blogging world is that every blogger we’ve talked to does things a bit differently. There are also countless ways to grow and improve your business. When we started, we made most of our money through affiliate sales. Since then, we’ve shifted heavily to sponsored content. A big part of this is because my background is in sales and it’s what I’m good at. You can learn more about my sale method below. As time goes on, this will continue to change, but we want to share how we focus on our strengths to effectively meet our goals.

To Show You the Potential of Blogging

Whether you have a blog or are starting a blog, we want to show you that you can make a career out of blogging.

Even if you don’t want to blog, there are a ton of ways to be financially and location independent and we hope to inspire others to go after it too. If you want to keep your day job, blogging can be a great way for you to make some extra side money.

Esther started the blog 6 years ago and I joined her full time 3 years ago. Even until last year, our parents were worried about us financially, wondering when we would stop “playing” and start taking our lives and work more seriously. Neither of us ended up being “good Asians” (namely a doctor, lawyer, or engineer). It’s an unconventional job and where most people don’t understand all the work that goes on behind the scenes.

More: The Ugly Truths of Being a Travel Blogger told by Top Travel Bloggers

We love that our jobs give us flexibility in what we do, but being your own boss isn’t all that it’s cut out to be either. You have to be disciplined and work hard at your business to grow it.

Note: There are a lot of great blogs and resources out there about blogging, but the tough part is that it’s not always replicable unless you also want to start blogging about blogging. We wanted to show you that it’s possible to start a blog on other topics and still make a living. Though we have an e-course in the works, we want to continue to show you that the bulk of our income still comes from our travel blog.

To Track How We're Doing

I’ve always loved sharing goals online and tracking them. Putting them out in the world (via the blog) has helped me so much with accountability. Since we’re constantly tweaking trying to improve the blog, looking at these numbers will help us learn whether we’ve been making the right changes. It’s amazing to see how the sources of income have changed over time and to see where we still have room for improvement.

Ultimately, our life goal is to make enough to live on half our income (right now we’re at 30%), where the rest will go back into the community or support organizations we love.

Breakdown of Income for September 2018

In September 2018 we earned a total of $12,428.57. It was a slow month in terms of receiving payments for sponsored content, and we started paying for more services. This shows how up and down each month’s income can be. The inconsistency used to stres us out, but over the years, we are learning to focus on hitting our annual numbers rather than focusing on the ups and downs as they come.

Affiliate Income
Sponsorships
  • Sponsored Product Posts: $4,465 
    *our fave marketplace lately: IZEA
Display Ads
  • Adthrive: $6,045.47
Income Comparison to Other Months
  • Total in 2018 Year Income: $163,818.47
  • Last Month Income: $32,778.52
  • Difference: 37.9% decrease from last month
Previous Income Reports

If you’re not getting the results you want, again, keep in mind that we’ve been blogging for 6 years now and the first month I tried monetizing my blog, I made less than $20. Give it more time and failing in the process is okay. I didn’t have the correct tools and a lot of it was trial and error. Consider it all an A/B test to figure out what will best work for you.

Expenses

TOTAL EXPENSES: $9,878.88
TOTAL NET PROFIT: $2,549.69 (this will barely cover NYC rent)

*Roughly 30% of your income will go to taxes at the end of the year. The number above shows the money set aside for taxes to offset how much we have to pay at the end. It makes it less painful at the end of the year.

September 2018 Blog Traffic Breakdown + Stats
  • Monthly Pageviews: 474,661
  • Daily Average: 15,822
  • Monthly Sessions: 355,203
  • Monthly Unique Visitors: 295,668
  • Social Media Followers: 296,559
  • Email Subscribers: 8,776
Blog News + October Goals
Blog Goals
  • ☒ Squeeze in one more trip Upstate or to a new New England State
  • ☐ Add RewardStyle Widgets to our Top 25 performing posts.
  • ☐ Start marketing the e-course
Life Goals
  • ☐ Read 2 new books (any suggestions?) Still need to finish Crazy Rich Asians.
  • ☒ Take one kickboxing class a week when in town.
  • ☒ Go on two alphabet dates this month 

The e-course is out! With a lot of trial and error over the years, Jacob has figured out the best ways to pitch and work with sponsors. One of our most recent sponsorships was a $35k deal. Plus, one of our students using the e-course has already booked $11k in sponsorships. If you’re interested to learn more, see the intro video here.

What have you been up to last month? Any fun plans next month? What are some of your goals next month?
Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in NYC.

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